Date: 6/4/19 8:45 am From: Anne Duston <aeduston...> Subject: [obol] One tardy Junco
Yesterday I heard the familiar but unexpected chip-chipping of an Oregon Junco. As I prepared to water my raised bed garden a bright jet-black head of a junco popped up amongst the taller grass under my Oregon White Oak tree. It continued to forage in the grass for a couple of minutes, and then flew off. I haven't seen any juncos under my feeders or elsewhere in my yard for close to a month - they head off the minute the weather warms into the 70's.
Another oddity viewed yesterday - a Downy Woodpecker working about on some stems of my Red Hot Poker plants. I couldn't tell if it was interested in seeds, what little nectar might be present or insects on the plants. Ideas? Anyone seen this type of thing before?
in far East Portland, a couple of miles directly north of Powell Butte